First Impressions: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

First Impressions: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

It’s been pretty hard to miss these gorgeous Herbivore Botanicals products all over Instagram and I’ve been dying to know what all the hype was about. So I finally gave in and bought the Blue Tansy Mask and Lapis Oil Duo! And because I’m always up for some exfoliating, I went for the Blue Tansy Mask first.

Prior to using the mask, I had no idea what Blue Tansy was, so I did some digging. Like all Herbivore Botanicals products, the mask is made with natural, food-grade ingredients and is cruelty free. Blue Tansy is a Moroccan chamomile whose terpenes (like that sticky stuff you find on conifer trees) are naturally blue and supposedly smell really sweet. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (the way most chamomile’s do) and because it’s so aromatic, it can help your body regulate hormones and de-stress. And in addition to the Blue Tansy, this is an exfoliating mask that contains both AHA’s and White Willow Bark (a naturally occurring BHA) so it’s great for inflamed or acne-prone skin.

I decided to patch test this only on my left cheek for the first time because that’s where my texture issues are. Despite the vibrant blue color of the mask, it’s basically clear when you apply a thin layer to your face.

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Lapis Oil Levitate BeautyI can definitely attest to the aromatic qualities of the blue Tansy ingredient. The mask smells different, but not bad. It’s a very herbal, somewhat sweet scent. The box says you may feel slight tingling sensations, but I didn’t experience any tingling at all.

I chose to leave it on for 10 minutes the first time to make sure I didn’t have any reactions to it, but you can leave it on for up to 20. After time was up, I wiped it off with a wet cotton round as directed. It wiped off very easily and I was left with glowing, baby smooth skin!

So far I really enjoy it as a luxury feel-good product and for the soothing smell and benefits of the Blue Tansy. Plus, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging! But if you’re on a budget and looking for a similar exfoliating mask, try out the Deciem AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

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Keep an eye out for a mini-review of the Lapis Oil later this week! And as always, don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on Instagram @Levitate.Beauty for daily skincare updates and reviews.

New Purchase: Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA

New Purchase: Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA

I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for my Kale-Lalu-yAHA to arrive and it’s finally here!

For those that don’t know, Kale-Lalu-yAHA is from Liah Yoo’s new skincare brand, Krave Beauty. It’s a gentle AHA used to target textural irregularities and clogged pores. It contains:

  • 5.25% Glycolic Acid, a gentle exfoliator
  • Kale, spinach, and parsley to provide antioxidants and vitamins for your skin
  • Hydrating ingredients such as aloe, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin b5

What I love most about the brand so far is the major focus on “listening” to what your skin craves. That means the instructions for using this are simple: use as many times a week as you need to!

For now, I’m going to start adding this into my routine twice a week and I’ll possibly increase the frequency over time. I prefer to apply mine with a cotton pad because I like the added physical exfoliation. However, the website states that you can also pat it into your face with your hands (which allows more of the product to absorb into your skin) or you can mix it into your moisturizer (a great option for acid-beginners or those with super sensitive skin).

My first impressions after using it once: it starts off a bit tingly feeling, but overall seems very gentle on my sensitive skin. My skin definitely felt more hydrated after I used it.

I’ll post a full review after I’ve been using it for a few weeks! Have you tried Kale-Lalu-yAHA yet? What are your thoughts?